With funding from METRO, Queens: Neighborhood Stories helps residents of the nation's most diverse county share their memories through photos, video clips, and audio recordings. These materials can be mapped to a street view of Queens, enabling site visitors to explore the borough's neighborhoods through time and space.
In addition to finding a home on Historypin, memories shared on Neighborhood Stories will make their way into the Queens Library's permanent archival collections.
Queens Library plans to help this project grow through in-person events at local cultural heritage organizations. Three events are already in the works:
- On February 11, Queens Library's Court Square Branch will host a scanning station where Long Island City residents can drop in to have their photos and other historical items digitized.
- On September 26, volunteers from Queens Library will celebrate the centennial of Bayside Day at the Bayside Historical Society, where they will make digital copies of photos from 1914 event.
- Public History students at St. John's University will research the history of QueensWay, adding a digital exploration of the route to Neighborhood Stories.
"METRO is thrilled to provide support for this project," says Anne Karle-Zenith, Digital Services Manager. "METRO has a rich history of helping libraries provide access to collections through digitization, and we're extremely please to fund this partnership between Queens Library and Historypin."
Libraries, archives, and their communities can add memories of daily life in Queens to Neighborhood Stories:
- Share your photos, videos, and records with Neighborhood Stories. Find out how with Historypin's tutorials.
- Plan an event! Unite your community around sharing photos, audio, and other items on Neighborhood Stories.
- Explore the project. Photos and other materials have already been added. Visit http://www.historypin.com/neighborhoodstories to take a look.
For more information and to team up with Queens Library to work on this project, please reach out to Natalie Milbrodt, Digital Content & Strategy Coordinator.